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    What We Fund

    Knight Foundation works with partners who create or present art that engages, educates and delights residents in ways that reflect the rich diversity and identity of each community. We endeavor to make art general in Knight communities by funding anchor institutions seeking wider audiences and by supporting grassroots initiatives of individual artists and organizations. This two-pronged approach and our focus on specific communities increase the impact of our work.

    We do not tell artists what to create or institutions what work to present. We fund artists and organizations that demonstrate the following strategic characteristics:  

    • Artistic excellence: through partners who create or present art that has the capacity to transform and inspire.
    • Authenticity and inclusion: through partners whose artistic practices reflect the rich diversity of our communities, who promote diversity in arts leadership and who support universal engagement with the arts.
    • Technological innovation: through evolving technology that helps people create, exhibit and understand art.  


    Knight’s arts program invests in artistic excellence, authenticity and inclusion and technological innovation in eight communities where the Knight brothers owned newspapers. The program funds the arts in two ways:

    • Community Arts Grantmaking supports the vibrancy of the arts in Knight communities. From May 1 - June 16, 2017, Knight Foundation is accepting proposals for arts projects in Charlotte, Macon, Ga., Philadelphia and San Jose, Calif. Learn more.

    • The Knight Arts Challenge is a community-wide effort to find and fund the best ideas for the arts in Akron, Ohio, Detroit, Miami and St. Paul, Minnesota. The submission period for 2017 has ended. Look for the winning ideas in the fall. Learn more.

    Congratulations to the 2017 Knight Arts Challenge winners in Miami, Akron, Detroit and St. Paul

    Arts Staff

    Photo of Chris Barr

    Chris Barr

    Director of Arts

    Photo of Michelle Carter

    Michelle Carter

    Executive Assistant

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    Adam Ganuza

    Arts Program Officer